“I don’t wanna tame your animal style / You won’t be caged / From the call of the wild” – The Warrior
Patty Smyth, both with her hit band Scandal and as a solo artist, has always been, at heart, a rock and roll chick, and that’s no truer today for the mother of six, now back on the road and raring to play for fans new and old. If Smyth did nothing but marry New York punk poet Richard Hell (with whom she had her oldest daughter Ruby), then noted tennis punk and commentator John McEnroe (who had three kids of his own and then two more with Patty), that would be amazing enough, but she’s also earned both Oscar and Grammy nominations, recorded a series of hit singles and albums and enjoyed a successful reunion on VH1’s Bands Reunited series.
Smyth was born in New York City, and took after her mother, a show business enthusiast who literally ran away to join the circus and, at various times, a trapeze artist, from her teeth, managed legendary feedback guitarist Link Wray and ran or owned several prominent Greenwich Village nightclubs, including the Gaslight, the Café Wha?, Four Winds and the Zig Zag. Patty would rather hang out there than go to school, listening to music and hearing stories from her mom about the likes of Janis Joplin. “It was a complete bohemian upbringing,” she says.
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